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Working Girl (1988)

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When a secretary's idea is stolen by her boss, she seizes an opportunity to steal it back by pretending she has her boss' job.

Director:

Mike Nichols

Writer:

Kevin Wade
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 8 wins & 17 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Harrison Ford ... Jack Trainer
Sigourney Weaver ... Katharine Parker
Melanie Griffith ... Tess McGill
Alec Baldwin ... Mick Dugan
Joan Cusack ... Cyn
Philip Bosco ... Oren Trask
Nora Dunn ... Ginny
Oliver Platt ... Lutz
James Lally James Lally ... Turkel
Kevin Spacey ... Bob Speck
Robert Easton ... Armbrister
Olympia Dukakis ... Personnel Director
Amy Aquino ... Alice Baxter
Jeffrey Nordling ... Tim Rourke
Elizabeth Whitcraft Elizabeth Whitcraft ... Doreen DiMucci
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Storyline

Tess McGill is a frustrated secretary, struggling to forge ahead in the world of big business in New York. She gets her chance when her boss breaks her leg on a skiing holiday. McGill takes advantage of her absence to push ahead with her career. She teams up with investment broker Jack Trainer to work on a big deal. The situation is complicated after the return of her boss. Written by Sami Al-Taher <staher2000@yahoo.com>

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For anyone who's ever won. For anyone who's ever lost. And for everyone who's still in there trying.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 December 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Secretaria ejecutiva See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$28,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$64,000,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$103,173,635
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Melanie Griffith won the Miss Golden Globes contest as a teenager. Later she won a competitive Golden Globe for her acting work in Working Girl. She's the only actress who has ever done that. See more »

Goofs

When Tess is tearing out the article out of the newspaper, she uses a ruler which suddenly changes mid-shot, but this is a children's novelty ruler (showing the letters of the alphabet) with a lenticular lens effect that switches between two colors and pictures, depending on which angle it is viewed. See more »

Quotes

[the morning after Tess passed out from drinking]
Tess McGill: What did happen, exactly?
Jack Trainer: The earth moved. The angels wept. The Polaroids are, are, uh...
[gropes about in his coat pockets]
Jack Trainer: are in my other coat.
[Grins]
Jack Trainer: Nothing happened. Nothing happened!
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Referenced in Friends: The One with the Donor (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

The Man That Got Away
Music by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin
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A dated but enjoyable satire
25 March 1999 | by Chris-463See all my reviews

Watching Working Girl ten years after its release, it's hard not to dismiss it as a dated satire of the corporate world of the 1980's. At the same time, that's part of the movie's charm. Even though ten years has made the costumes, hair, and production design irritating, the charm and intelligence of Mike Nichols' Cinderella story still shine through. As does the quality of the performances, which are also revealing a decade later. Harrison Ford makes a perfectly likable romantic lead while Alec Baldwin and Kevin Spacey offer amusingly smarmy comic performances. But the actresses walk away with the movie. Joan Cusack is hilarious in a scene-stealing turn as a Staten Island secretary, and Sigourney Weaver is great as a shrewd and conniving career woman. The brilliance of Weaver's performance is how slyly and genuinely she plays her villianous character, often decieving the audience as she decieves the characters in the movie. And finally there is Melanie Griffith who gave a star-is-born performance as the big-haired secretary who falls in love with Ford's merger specialist and smartly climbs her way up the corporate ladder after Weaver stabs her in the back. Griffith earned an Oscar nod for this performance (as did Cusack and Weaver for theirs) and it's a testament to how funny, sexy, and wonderful she is in the part that even after numerous flops and odd career moves, she's still a well-known movie star ten years later (For an opposite side at this scenario look at Jennifer Beals in Flashdance or Jennifer Grey in Dirty Dancing, both of whom became big stars and then fell off the face of the earth). Nichols' direction is smart, as is Kevin Wade's clever screenplay, and the light and funny romantic comedy leads up to a surprisingly suspenseful and enormously satisfying climax. All-in-all, a satisfying and amusing entertainment.


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